Where are all my banana bread lovers at!?
Random fun fact; I edit the Banana Bread feed over on thefeedfeed website. It’s pretty much one of my favourite things ever, because I LOVE banana bread. It’s kind of like one of those things that no matter how much I eat of it – I can never get sick of it.
I am always on the look out on Instagram for new and delicious banana bread recipes that I can add to the feed each month when I add my updates. Why am I telling you this? Well, because I just finished updating the feed the other day & banana bread has pretty much been the one and only thing on my mind ever since. Also, if you are a banana bread lover – much like myself – I think you would seriously enjoy the eye candy that this feed has to offer & you can check the feed out here
Every time I add new additions to this feed I of course immediately experience have an intense and unrelenting need to bake a banana bread, and then you know, eat the banana bread. Obviously…
When it comes to banana bread I pretty much always use my ganny’s recipe as my base recipe, simply because it is pretty darn fantastic and in the billion times that I have baked it – it has never once let me down.
So this recipe is an adaptation of her amazing recipe with just a few new additions like take it to the next level – like brown butter, toasted walnuts, a pinch of nutmeg, and dark chocolate chips. Mhmmm… somebody hold me back.
This banana bread rises beautifully, is super moist, fluffy, flavorful … so basically just all around irresistible. So if you are in need of a go-to banana bread recipe, you need not look any further.
Now before I sign off for the day, I just have to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart for your kind, caring and encouraging comments on my last post. I honestly threw that post out into the universe as a form of therapy – never expecting to get a response back; So the fact that you all took the time to read it and send your loving comments my way, truly means the world to me, and I cannot thank you enough.
So here is the recipe lovelies & I hope this brings you some joy and comfort.
Maple Banana Walnut Loaf
Things you need…
1/2 cup butter, browned
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
How to make…
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees; butter & flour a loaf pan and set aside.
First, brown your butter. In a medium sized frying pan, melt butter over medium high heat, and continue to cook until bubbling. Take care to swirl the butter around in the pan every so often to avoid burning bits at the bottom.
Once the butter is fragrant and a nice golden brown, remove it from the heat, and immediately transfer to a heat proof bowl, making sure you use a spatula to get all the brown bits off the bottom of the pan (this is where all that amazing flavor is). Set the brown butter aside to cool for 15 minutes or so
In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Quickly add in two additions to your wet ingredients and beat on low speed until just combined.
Once your brown butter has cooled slightly, mix in the brown sugar, maple syrup and mashed bananas and stir with a wooden spoon until combined. Stir in egg and vanilla and stir to blend. Next add in dry ingredients and stir gently until the batter is just starting to come together. Gently fold in chopped walnuts and chocolate chip.
Spoon batter into prepared pan and place in the center rack of your oven. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the top is golden and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean – with just a few moist bits clinging to the skewer.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 20 minutes or until room temperature before serving.